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Ginseng Fertilizer Needs: Tips For Feeding Ginseng Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-22 11:06
With varying rules and regulations in the United States regarding the growing and harvest of ginseng, it is easy to see why this is such a valuable crop. Having both plant and root age restrictions for harvest, growing a marketable crop of ginseng takes several years and ample amounts of patience. Such an investment in time and money may obviously cause growers to begin to wonder if ginseng plants are worth the investment. However, with a little knowledge, ginseng can be a unique and interesting way to occupy unused garden space. With very specific growing habitats, those wishing to grow their own ginseng must provide ideal conditions to harvest marketable roots. This may lead growers to begin thinking about ways in which they are able to best maximize their crop yields. The establishment of consistent watering and fertilization routines are important to the needs of growing ginseng plants. How toRead this article
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AC Condensation For Plants: Is Irrigating With AC Water Safe

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-04-22 07:00
Managing our resources is part of being a good steward of our earth. The condensation water that results from operating our ACs is a valuable commodity that can be used with purpose. Watering with AC water is a great way to use this byproduct of the unit’s function. This water is pulled from the air and a great source of chemical free irrigation. Read on to learn more about watering plants with air conditioner water. Is AC Condensation for Plants Safe? During the use of an air conditioner, moisture forms and is usually removed by a drip line or hose outside the home. When temperatures are high, the condensate can amount to 5 to 20 gallons (23 to 91 L.) per day. This water is pure, pulled from the air and contains none of the chemicals in municipal water. Combining air conditioner water and plants is a winning way toRead this article
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Horse Chestnut Seed Propagation – How To Plant Horse Chestnuts

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-04-21 18:00
Horse chestnut seed propagation is a fun project you might try with a child. It is always exciting to teach them about how to grow from seed or, in this case, from conkers. Conkers, often called the buckeye, contain seeds from which new trees can grow. These are the fruit of the horse chestnut tree. However, the conker must be opened for the release of the seeds. Growing Horse Chestnut from Seed Conkers emerge from a prickly fruit covering that starts out green and turns shades of yellow as it ages. Growing a horse chestnut tree from seed begins with chilling the conker. If seeds remain outside during cold winter days, this is sufficient chilling, but they’re unlikely to still be there in spring. If you wish to attempt propagation, gather the horse chestnuts when they fall from the tree in early autumn. Chill them over winter in the fridgeRead this article
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Good Plants For Berms: What To Grow On A Berm

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-04-21 15:00
A berm can be a useful and an attractive part of your landscape, adding height and visual interest while also providing a wind or noise barrier or even changing and improving drainage. Whatever the reason you choose for creating a berm in your garden, don’t forget to choose and put in the best berm plants to make it really pop and look like more than just a random hill. Looking for some ideas for planting on a berm? Read on to learn more. What to Grow on a Berm A berm is essentially just a raised bit of the landscape, which you may choose to add to your yard for any variety of reasons: improved aesthetics, as a focal point, for a wind break, as a privacy screen, or to redirect drainage. Regardless of the reason, your new berm will be just a hill until you add plantings to itRead this article
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DIY Rain Barrel Guide: Ideas To Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-04-21 11:00
Homemade rain barrels can be large and complicated, or you can make a DIY rain barrel consisting of a simple, plastic container with a storage capacity of 75 gallons (284 L.) or less. Rainwater is especially good for plants, as the water is naturally soft and free of harsh chemicals. Saving rainwater in homemade rain barrels also minimizes your dependence on municipal water, and, more importantly, reduces runoff, which can allow sediment and harmful pollutants to enter waterways. When it comes to homemade rain barrels, there are a number of variations, depending on your specific site and your budget. Below, we have provided a few basic considerations to keep in mind as you begin to make your own rain barrel for the garden. How to Make a Rain Barrel Rain Barrel: Look for a 20- to 50-gallon (76-189 L.) barrel made of opaque, blue or black plastic. The barrel shouldRead this article
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What Are Edible Pod Peas: Learn About Peas With Edible Pods

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2019-04-21 07:19
When people think of peas, they think of the tiny green seed (yes, it’s a seed) alone, not the exterior pod of the pea. That’s because English peas are shelled prior to being eaten, but there are also several edible pod pea varieties. Peas with edible pods were made for lazy cooks because let’s face it, shelling peas is time consuming. Interested in growing edible pod peas? Read on for more edible pod pea info. What are Edible Pod Peas? Edible pod peas are peas where the parchment has been bred out of the pod so the young pods stay tender. While there are a number of edible pod pea varieties, they come from two ilks: the Chinese pea pod (also known as snow pea or sugar pea) and snap peas. Chinese pea pods are flat pods with insignificant peas inside that are commonly used in Asian cuisine. Snap peasRead this article
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Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves

Organic Gardening 2 - Sat, 2019-04-20 22:30
Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today I got a hankering for hot cross buns, which I have not made in quite awhile--it is that time of year that we see them for sale. Well, the recipe I use is an old one, from my first book Cooking with Herbs co-authored with Carolyn Dille. The ingredient that makes these buns unique is fresh bay leaves. Really, you will have to try them; I have made a few updates in the recipe which you can read below.
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What Is Fenugreek – Fenugreek Plant Care And Growing Guide

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-04-20 18:11
Growing fenugreek herbs isn’t difficult and the plant, which produces white or purplish flowers that turn into interesting yellow pods, is an attractive addition to the garden. Let’s learn how to grow fenugreek. What is Fenugreek? Native to southern Europe and Asia, fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) has been cultivated for centuries as a spice and for its medicinal qualities. Herbal fenugreek is used to treat a variety of conditions, including coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, constipation and minor skin irritations. In the kitchen, fresh fenugreek leaves are cooked like spinach and tangy, mustard-yellow fenugreek seeds are used as a spice, often in Middle Eastern dishes. Dried or fresh fenugreek leaves are brewed into a flavorful tea. How to Grow Fenugreek Herbs Fenugreek plants thrive in full sunlight and cool temperatures. Fenugreek is grown in spring in warm climates, but can be grown all summer where summers are mild. Plant fenugreek seeds directlyRead this article
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Lincoln Pea Growing – Tips On Caring For Lincoln Pea Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-04-20 15:00
Many gardeners list tomato as the veggie most noticeably better tasting when grown at home, but peas are also up there on the list. Lincoln pea plants grow well in cool weather, so spring and fall are the seasons to put them in. Those who grow Lincoln peas in the garden rave about the low-maintenance requirements for these legume plants and the incredibly sweet, delicious flavor of the peas. If you are thinking of planting peas, read on for more information and tips on how to grow Lincoln peas. Pea ‘Lincoln’ Information Lincoln peas are hardly the new kids on the block. Gardeners have engaged in Lincoln pea growing since the seeds came on the market in 1908, and Lincoln pea plants have many fans. It’s easy to see why this is a popular type of pea. Lincoln pea plants are compact and easy to trellis. That means that youRead this article
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Mandrake Irrigation Guide – Learn How To Water Mandrake Plants

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-04-20 11:00
There is no denying that the mandrake is quite the interesting and mythical plant. With legend, lore, and even its mention in the Bible, this plant is surrounded by centuries of mystique. Many gardeners may initially be drawn to mandrakes when looking to embrace a unique and mysterious element to flower containers and ornamental border plantings. Their enchanting fragrance adds further allure. With proper care, like watering, this dark (yet beautiful) plant will produce vibrant dark green foliage and elegant white and pink-purple blooms. About Mandrake Care Mandrakes are perennials which are winter hardy to many growing zones. These toxic plants are generally easy to grow and do well in container culture. As any toxic plant, special care should be taken to keep them away from kids, pets, or any other potential hazards. Mandrake plants should receive ample amounts of sunlight; however, direct intense exposure to the sun may damageRead this article
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Crisphead Plant Info – Growing Different Crisphead Lettuce Varieties

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-04-20 07:00
Beautiful, crunchy salad greens right from the garden are an almost year around treat in some regions. Crisphead lettuce varieties offer greens with a nice toothy, snap and sweet flavor that complements any dressing. What is crisphead lettuce? You may recognize crisphead lettuce plants as the commonly sold iceberg lettuce found in your produce market. Versatile and easy to grow with a little know how. What is Crisphead Lettuce? Crisphead lettuce is mostly grown in cooler, northern climates. It needs a bit more maintenance than the loose-leaf varieties but has a characteristic flavor and texture not found in those types. They bolt in summer but can be started in fall or early spring, producing at least two seasons of produce. They also, need a longer growing period as compared to the upright or loose-leaf varieties. Some crisphead lettuce info will help you navigate this more picky but definitely worth growingRead this article
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Cape Marigold Varieties: Learn About Different Types Of African Daisies

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-04-19 18:00
In springtime, when I plan my decorative containers of annuals, cape marigolds are always a go-to plant for container designs. I find their 2- to 3-inch (5-7.5 cm.) daisy-like blooms irresistible for adding unique color and texture to containers, and their medium to tall heights give me another pleasant alternative to the over used spike as a “thriller.” Of course, the key to a perfect container design is selecting the perfect varieties of annual plants. Let’s take a closer look at some of the many available cape marigold varieties. About Cape Marigold Plants Cape marigolds are daisy-like plants in the Dimorphotheca family. They may be found in garden centers or online nurseries labelled as Dimorphotheca, Cape Marigold, African Daisy or Osteospermum. Their preferred common name is usually a regional matter. They are half-hardy perennials in zones 9-10, but are generally grown as annuals. True Osteospermum plant types, however, are consideredRead this article
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Berm Edging Tips – How To Make Borders For Berms

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-04-19 15:00
A berm is a good way to add visual interest to a landscape, but this mounded bed is also practical. It can provide a wind break, privacy, or protection from draining water. If you like neat and tidy edges on your beds, consider the berm borders you’ll create before designing and building one. Materials for Berm Edging Edging a berm is useful for more than just aesthetics; it can reduce spillage of mulch into the grass and catch any eroding soil that runs off the berm. An edge is not strictly necessary, though, and if you don’t overdo the angle of the berm and add plants that will hold in the soil erosion, this shouldn’t be a big issue. But, for tidiness and a neat look, here are some materials to consider for edging a berm: Plants. Plants can serve as a natural edge on any bed or berm. UseRead this article
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Desert Sunflower Info: Learn About Hairy Desert Sunflower Care

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-04-19 11:00
Hairy desert sunflowers have been tagged with a rather unappealing name, but the yellow, daisy-like blooms with bright orange centers are anything but dull. They are actually named for the hairy, greenish-grey leaves. Interested in learning more about this tough desert plant? Want to learn how to grow desert sunflowers? (It’s easy!) Read on for more desert sunflower information. Desert Sunflower Info Hairy desert sunflowers (Geraea canescens) are common across much of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This robust wildflower is happiest in sandy or gravelly desert conditions. Also known as desert gold, desert sunflower plants generally bloom in January and February, with sporadic reappearances in October and November. They are among the very first annual wildflowers to bloom in spring. As its name suggests, hairy desert sunflower is a close cousin to the tall garden sunflower that we all know and love. It reaches heights of upRead this article
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Seed And Chaff Separation – How To Separate Seed From Chaff

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-04-19 07:00
Have you heard of the phrase ‘separating the wheat from the chaff’? It’s likely that you didn’t give too much thought to the saying, but the origins of this adage are not only ancient but essential to harvesting cereal crops. Basically, it refers to separating seeds from chaff. What is chaff and why is seed and chaff separation important? About Separating Seeds from Chaff Before we get to the definition of chaff, a little background on the make-up of cereal crops such as wheat, rice, barley, oats and others is helpful. Cereal crops are made up of the seed or the grain kernel that we eat, and an inedible hull or husk surrounding it. Seed and chaff separation is imperative because in order to process and eat the grain kernel, the inedible hull needs to be removed. This is a two-step process involving threshing and winnowing. Threshing means loosening theRead this article
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Eggplant ‘Nubia’ Care – Learn About Growing Nubia Eggplants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-04-18 18:00
What is a Nubia eggplant? A type of Italian eggplant, ‘Nubia’ is a large, sturdy plant that produces large, lavender fruit with white stripes. Growing Nubia eggplants isn’t difficult. Read on to learn how. Nubia Eggplant Information Nubia eggplants measure 7 to 8 inches (18-23 cm.) in length. They are attractive fruits with a mellow flavor that works well for frying or grilling. Growing Nubia Eggplants Nubia eggplants are warm weather plants that need a long growing season. It’s possible to plant seeds directly in the garden, but if you have short summers, plant seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last expected frost date. Indoors, plant seeds in containers or trays. Keep the containers at 80-90 F. (27-32 C.). until germination, then at 70 F. (21 C.). Use a heat mat if necessary; eggplant seeds won’t germinate in cold soil. Move small plants outdoors after you’re sure frostRead this article
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Best Berm Locations: Where To Put A Berm In The Landscape

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-04-18 15:00
Berms are mounds or hills you create in a garden, kind of like raised bed without walls. They serve many purposes from aesthetic to practical. In addition to looking attractive, they can be used to direct foot traffic, assist with drainage and also block unsightly views. Siting a berm is very important, so you’ll want to read up about the logistics for berm placement before you begin. Where to Put a Berm in the Landscape Berms are mounds created by gardeners in a landscape. Sometimes called “earthworks,” they can serve practical or aesthetic ends. The best berm placement often depends on the purpose you want the particular berm to serve. For example, a berm that is intended to block the view of a compost pile must be located near that area. It’s also important to make sure you have enough room to construct a berm. While berms can be builtRead this article
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Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter!

Organic Gardening 2 - Thu, 2019-04-18 11:51
Posted by cookinwithherbs
I enjoy bitter--bitter herbs, bitter foods and bitters, the magic digestive elixirs. They are spring tonics and dandelions are one of my favorites--I've been harvesting the leaves, flowers and roots since they first emerged and using them in soups, sauces, egg dishes, with pasta and grains and stuffing them into quesadillas and enchiladas. Get out there and harvest some goodness for your health and well being!
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Potted Mandrake Care: Can You Grow Mandrake In Planters

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-04-18 11:10
The mandrake plant, Mandragora officinarum, is a unique and interesting ornamental plant surrounded by centuries of lore. Made famous in recent years by the Harry Potter franchise, mandrake plants have roots in ancient culture. While legends of screaming plant roots may sound terrifying to some, this petite flower is a beautiful addition to ornamental containers and flower plantings. Container Grown Mandrake Plants The process of growing mandrake in a container is relatively simple. First and foremost, gardeners will need to locate a source of the plant. While this plant may be difficult to find at some local garden centers, it is likely available online. When ordering plants online, always order from a trusted and reputable source in order to ensure that plants are correctly labeled and disease free. Mandrake plants may also be grown from seed; however, the process of germination may prove extremely difficult. Mandrake seeds will require aRead this article
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Burlap Windscreen In The Garden: How To Make Burlap Windscreens

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-04-18 07:00
Gardeners in regions with heavy winds will likely need to protect young trees from harsh gusts. Some trees can break and incur serious damage that invites insects and rot later in the season. Making your own burlap protection from wind is a cheap and effective way to protect your precious trees and shrubs. This article will help get you started with burlap windscreen in the garden. About Burlap Wind Protection Breakage isn’t the only issue in high wind areas. Wind burn is a common problem where plants have been roughly treated by intense wind and physical damage as well as moisture loss occurs. Want to learn how to make burlap windscreens? This step-by-step tutorial will help you make quick burlap wind protection to save your plants without breaking your bank. Many trees and shrubs can stand up to a little wind and not withstand any injury. Others lose leaves orRead this article
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